Who's Who of Top Executives

Delice I. Javalera

Title: Vice President of Quality and Continuous Improvement
Company: North American Interconnect Group LLC
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Delice I. Javalera, Vice President of Quality and Continuous Improvement at North American Interconnect Group LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business administration.

Long dedicated to serving in her field with passion and a desire to inspire others, Ms. Javalera has earned distinction as the Vice President of Quality and Continuous Improvement at the NAI Group LLC since 2021. In this capacity, she leverages her extensive experience in global manufacturing, product management, customer satisfaction, and setting policies and procedures in coordinating key projects on behalf of the organization. Previously, she found success as the Director of Operational Excellence, through which she worked alongside company stakeholders to develop customer intelligence strategies, assure global supplier quality, and provide direction to operating teams. Based in Troy, Michigan, the NAI Group is an electronics manufacturer that specializes in high-reliability connectivity solutions for high-performance applications, particularly cable assemblies and electro-mechanical assemblies across diverse markets, including telecom, wireless, data, industrial technology, and medical industries.

Among the challenges she has faced in the field, Ms. Javalera is particularly proud to have assisted the NAI Group in undergoing an important transformation following a large investment by Pritzker Private Capital in 2021. In this task, she has worked diligently to implement new technologies, new initiatives, and a different culture on behalf of the company, thereby ensuring it could emerge from this period of flux in a position of strength.

Prior to her work at the NAI Group, Ms. Javalera served at Essentra plc as the Vice President of Quality from 2016 until 2020, during which time she helped standardize the company’s organizational quality management system, among other accomplishments to her credit. Throughout the span of her professional journey, she contributed her extensive experience in quality management to a number of companies, including Infinite Electronics Inc., Alutrim NA, – during which time she frequently traveled to Japan – and Group Dekko Inc., the latter of which bestowed her with a number of accolades for her performance. She initially became involved in her profession at ALCOA EES, where she began as an APQP Engineer and rose to serve as a Quality Systems Manager, through which she was responsible for more than 20 locations throughout North America, including in the United States, Mexico, Honduras, and Brazil.

Seeking to follow the example of her grandfather, Ms. Javalera initially aspired to become a doctor. During her last year of high school in Mexico, she took a chemistry class and was given a tour of the local engineering school – it was at this point that she realized her true dream of becoming an engineer. She went on to study at the Chihuahua Institute of Technology, attaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2003. Following this accomplishment, she earned a Master of Business Administration at the Complutense University of Madrid/ISEAD in 2009, and a master’s degree in quality and productivity at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in 2012. Eminently qualified in her field, Ms. Javalera bears Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification via Arizona State University and completed the Executive Transition Program in business administration and management at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin in 2022.

Reflecting on the fact that much of her education was made possible through scholarships, Ms. Javalera has long felt compelled to give back to her community. To wit, she has assisted in raising funds for talent shows that seek to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to fighting blood cancer throughout the world. Moreover, Ms. Javalera looks forward to participating in her first Chicago Marathon in October of 2022.

Throughout the span of her career, Ms. Javalera is gratified to have cultivated her personal growth by traveling to various countries, which played a pivotal role in exposing her to many diverse cultures and personalities and enabled her to apply a more holistic view to her work. Likewise, she learned from the example of several mentors; Abel De Leija, who assisted in her early career endeavors; Alfonso Mireles, her first boss, who dedicated much of his time toward training her and believing in her; Guy Summerlin, VP of Quality & Engineering  who supported her without hesitation during her transition from one country to another giving her that opportunity; Dave Day, Sr. Vice President of Operations at Integer Holdings, who challenged her on a daily basis, and Jon Jensen, the Chief Executive Officer of the NAI Group, who gave her the opportunity to help lead the transformation of the company. Crucially, Ms. Javalera benefited from an atmosphere of equality and mutual respect with all of her tutors, which accelerated her development as a professional.

In accounting for her success, Ms. Javalera credits the influence of her parents, Oscar Javalera and Maria De Leija, who raised her to live fearlessly and always work hard toward the attainment of her goals. Additionally, she is grateful for her innate optimism and positive attitude, which have taught her that nothing is impossible if one demonstrates enough dedication. In offering her advice to those who might seek to follow in her footsteps, she counsels that one must exhibit passion and steadfast commitment in all that they do – in this fashion, they will serve as an inspiration to everyone around them.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Javalera seeks to delve deeper into the financial aspects of her profession, as well as make decisions on future mergers and acquisitions. Ultimately, she aspires to climb the executive ladder and serve as the leader of a company. A quote that Ms. Javalera always has in mind is: “As a leader you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable.”

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